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Environmental Taxation: What Have We Learnt in the Last 30 Years?

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  • Anil Markandya

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The paper surveys the literature on environmental taxation in the context of the climate change problem. It reviews the use of taxes as instruments of environmental management and notes the strengths and weaknesses of the applications. The performance of taxes relative to permits depends on the presence of uncertainty whose impacts are explored. The paper also reports on simulation studies concerned with double dividend implications of a carbon tax combined with a reduction in other taxes. The models for the EU find that a switch in taxation from labour to carbon/energy would increase employment, reduce carbon emissions and increase GDP.

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  • Anil Markandya, 2009. "Environmental Taxation: What Have We Learnt in the Last 30 Years?," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 99(3), pages 11-58, JULY-SEPT.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:99:y:2009:i:3:p:11-58
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    1. Kiula, Olga & Markandya, Anil & Ščasný, Milan & Menkyna Tsuchimoto, Fusako, 2014. "The Economic and Environmental Effects of Taxing Air Pollutants and CO2: Lessons from a Study of the Czech Republic," MPRA Paper 66599, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Oct 2015.

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    Keywords

    taxation; environment; double dividend; carbon taxes;

    JEL classification:

    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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